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Poster: dark.starz Date: Feb 25, 2011 7:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Allman Bros vid (but DEAD-related)

Good video > Great performance......

It's tough to compare the Dead with the Allmans, some parallels, but mostly apples and oranges.

I do believe that it is safe to say that the Allmans were a tighter unit "musically" in 1970 when compared to the Dead. Amazing musical "maturity" for a pack of 24 year old dogs.

The wheels started to come off however on October 29th, 1971.

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Poster: jds121291 Date: Feb 26, 2011 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Allman Bros vid (but DEAD-related)

i agree it is tough to compare the two, especially since the allmans were playing with two lead guitarists. i also feel they werent as willing to take as many chances musically when it came to improvisation but i could be wrong, i know nothing about the technical side of music.

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Poster: hingerty Date: Feb 26, 2011 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Allman Bros vid (but DEAD-related)

They had more in common that you might think. The Allmans actually had ONE LEad guitar. Dicky Betts. Dwayne played slide, which is actually more like a steel guitar and is used to supplement horn style phrasings. Both used two drummers on occasion. Also The Allmans made an early trip to SanFran during Summer of LOve days. The Allman were to Atlanta and the southern sound what the Dead were to the Western(north) sound.The southernCal crown goes to the wedding of Buffalo-Spring-Byrds-Poco-Eagle-CSNY-Burritos. There is adecided dif between southern and northern Cal sounds. The north of courese was the dead,airplane,youngbloods..the Avalon Ballroom crowd. But The Allmans were a major influence. Actually I didnt like early Dead thast much. I didnt like them until they "went country"(workingman,American Beauty.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Feb 26, 2011 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Allman Bros vid (but DEAD-related)

I agree, although I think the dead have more to offer on the whole. Check out Christgau's review of At Fillmore East:

Four sides comprising seven titles--only two of them repeated (ad infinitum) from the band's studio albums--and they sure do boogie. But even if Duane Allman plus Dickey Betts does equal Jerry Garcia, the Dead know roads are for getting somewhere. That is, Garcia (not to bring in John Coltrane) always takes you someplace unexpected on a long solo. I guess the appeal here is the inevitability of it all. B-

While I don't really agree with the review of that album I think it does a reasonable job of summarizing why I prefer the Dead.